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Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Small Group Tour

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    What to Expect
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    The Vatican museums consist of a series of different collections which span from ancient to contemporary with a vast collection of ancient statues and renaissance works

    Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

    Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    The painted masterpiece by Michelangelo

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    The largest and possibly the most beautiful church in the world

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Return Details
    Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    • Art-historian guide
    • Skip the line admission tickets
    • headsets
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Wonderful and educational tour. Absolutely incredible experience touring this amazing place. We would have been overwhelmed by the crowds and process if we didn't use Once in Rome small group Vatican tour. Ribal was a wonderful guide who helped coordinate, process, educate and
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    The guid was very short and didnt use her flag, I lost the group taking a picture and couldnt rejoin cause the guid didnt pay attention to her group. So I missed the whole st. Peter's basilica. She stopped and wierd spots and gave you unnecessary info in large quantity and just
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    Response from OnceinRome, Owner at Skip the Line Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Small Group Tour
    Responded 27 Sep. 2019
    Dear Michael, thank you for your review, I would like to answer in detail to every point which can probably help you and others understand this tour and how it unfolds as well as on how it is organised and who are the guides that lead the tours for Once in Rome. So, the first point you mentioned is that the guide was short, she, however had a flag.  So yes, your guide Sabrina is short, so am I, never figured hight should be a criteria when selecting guides when we are already being discriminated from becoming hostesses or models.  I tend to select guides based on their ability, knowledge and experience.  So, who was this short guide of yours?  SABRINA, trained art historian, PhD in History of Art, managed multiple projects and museums, published extensively, and I mean EXTENSIVELY as solo writer or in cooperation with other art historians and professors of art (here a link to her CV and A FEW of her main publications:  https://www.ottocentoromano.it/en/who-we-are/the-founder-members-of-the-archivio-dellottocento-romano.html) She is so knowledgeable to organise courses for guides which I took as well.  She uses her knowledge of the subject and the professors she personally knows to assist guides studying in the low season.  So your guide teaches other guides how to be good guides... but you are right, she is kinda short. You lost the group while taking a picture, unfortunately St Peter's Basilica is very big.  Sabrina saw your girlfriend there at all times, she never mentioned you had gotten lost so she thought you wanted to proceed separate from the group, she would have called you on the microphone otherwise.  When you found the group again Sabrina asked your girlfriend why she hadn't said anything that you had gotten lost and she said that shd thought you were taking pictures... 45 mintutes into the tour and you hadn't seen anything.  You meet at the meeting point, there is 15 minutes tolerance for those who are running a bit behind, then you enter the museums passing security controls which are compulsory, then change the vouchers into tickets, which cannot be done outside since the museums are only allowing to skip the line with a voucher, tickets outside the museums are not considered valid titles to enter.  Then you must get radios inside, again mandatory and the company as well is picked by the Vatican itself.  After a sound check to make sure everyone can hear the guide the group proceeds.  Where do guides stop? Where they are allowed to: inside the galleries on the right, away from doors.  Our groups are maximum 13 participants to allow questions.  The Vatican museums are so extensive that a visitor could spend months if he/she were to stand 1 second in front of each piece, only one second.  So guides pick the pieces which are historically or art wise more significant, if anyone is interested in other pieces could obviously ask questions.  Interaction helps the guide understands interests of the group and leading a more personalised tour.  About the 45 minutes into the tour without seing much, I have already explained the technical procedures which are unfortunately time consuming.  They do not take 45 minutes, the standing under the sun part which ypu mentioned ragards some panels where the guide is allowed to explain the Sistine Chapel.  This is very important: The Vatican Museums have specific rules on where and how a group can move or stop.  The Sistine Chapel is... a chapel... so, because of its religious importance it is forbidden to guides to explain inside the Chapel, NO ONE GUIDE CAN TALK INSIDE THE SISTINE CHAPEL.  So, either the guide stops by the panels, which are under the sun, or takes pictures with him/her.  Sabrina takes pictures, print outs and all material she made herself to explain the Sistine Chapel as in the shade as possible, under the only pine tree where guides can stop to talk.  So she did her best with what she is allowed to do, unfortunately nothing we can do there.  The only other option is walking inside the Sistine Chapel not knowing what you are looking at. The fact that Sabrina was ramblig on... I will not comment as I find it disrespectful of a person who studied for years and was sharing her knowledge with you. The dress code... what I personally wrote on the tour description is that you should have shoulders covered and at least knee length pants, shorts or skirts.  These are the rules of the Vatican, you may have seen some people wearing shorter clothes, maybe the guards did not notice them.  I rather have you cover your knees than be left out without having the opportunity to visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's basilica which are subject to dress code. I hope I have clarified my position and that this answer is useful to all of those visitors wondering how the tour unfolds, who our guides are and what the rules of the Vatican are (keep in mind that the Vatican is an independent Country on which we exercise no control)  Hope you had a wonderful time in Rome and Italy, Kind regards, Eva
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    Had an absolutely brilliant tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basillica. Booked this 3-hour tour through Viator. Our guide, Viviana, is truly a scholar and historian. She could be lecturing at the best universities in the world! Her knowledge of the
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    Once in Rome tick all the boxes! From the time I made the booking, which was easy to do, Eva followed up with me prior to the experience with precise details on where to meet, who our guide would be and what to have ready for the day. Meeting our guide Guiseppe, he was
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    Excellent small group tour. Eva showed great knowledge of the history and the paintings, statues etc. The small group was great as there weren't too many people for Eva to speak to / answer questions.
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